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    I've recently noticed that Milo sits weirdly. His thighs sort of angle inwards towards his torso so that his feet and at an outward angle. Then he eventually slides out like he's doing the splits (probably because he's on tiled floors). I've heard of the 'kelpie sit' but I've never seen it. Is this the 'kelpie sit' or some hip problems? I haven't got a picture of it unfortunately!

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    Hi Kaer

    My dog sometimes sits with an upright version of frog legs. Ie her feet are pointing east and west like a ballet dancer.



    She also does a weird crouch - when she really doesn't want to sit at all... like at the back door.

    I think flexible hips are probaby a good thing. From what I've read - it's not really an indicator of anything one way or the other.

    I put mats on my tiled floors to aid dog mobility and traction. I don't like it when my legs are all over the place cos I can't get traction.

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    Yeah! It looks something like how your dog is sitting.. But more angled. I assumed it's normal but my parents thing there's something wrong with his joints.

    Milo has his own sheep skin mat to sleep on and I sometimes train him on that to stop sliding around. Sometimes his sits turn into a down from the sliding haha.

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    Hi ,
    Just read your post and thought I would check it out as my dog Zigby (Lab x Border Collie) was diagnosed with Hip dysplaisa 2 weeks ago. He is 14 months old. Sitting like a frog is a sign of joint porblems - particularly hips. Zigby sits perfectly however but it is a key indicator. If your dog is showing any signs of discomfort in his rear get him checked out by a Vet.

    Zigby

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    Abbie does something very similar. When i ask her to sit she just looks really odd and unbalanced, and she cant see to hold it for more than a few seconds. Her two feet point outwards and her thighs on an angle like you described. I should try get a photo of it as well as i've always wondered why she doesn't sit like regular dogs :S I never see her sit through out the day either. It's either standing or lying down...

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    Frosty sits however...

    Mostly she sits with her feet pointing forwards, sometimes she sits with them at 45' like in the photo, and sometimes she sits with them facing east and west ie 90' to the rest of her. Get that one most often on the couch. And then she does go frog legs when upside down or lying down.

    I've heard it's a sign of good hips, and I've heard it's a sign of bad hips. It's definitely a sign of flexible hips. Whether or not the joint is working properly - you'd need to get the xrays to know for sure.

    I've seen none of the usual other signs of Hip displasia ie lameness or leg collapsing as she walks or general back end wobbliness or pacing - though pacing where both legs on the same side move forward together when the dog is "trotting" instead of diagonally opposite legs moving together. Apparently that and hopping in the back end where both back legs move together are signs of dodgy hips.

    My dog only hops when I ask her to move into a better heel position. And that's mostly cos she's trying to sneak a treat at the same time ie she jumps, noses my hand and moves back at the same time. She never paces. If pacing is the only thing your dog does on the list of dodgy movement it may or may not be a sign of hip displasia ie some perfectly healthy dogs do it too.

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    There are other signs of hip displaysia and joint problems in the lower end like not wanting to jump up/walk on hind legs (IE: with their body balancing on their hip joints/hind legs). If your dog can jump, stand or walk with the hip joints in this position voluntarily I think that is a pretty conclusive test for NOT having hip displaysia; doing xrays for hip D isn't the most conclusive way to diagnose it, apparantly when the dog is asleep the vet moves the hind legs in such a way that puts the hip joints under a similar movement as the way the legs would be moving if the dog was standing on them alone or jumping on them alone. (I think). If your dog shows no other sign of having back or hip or knee pain then don't worry about the way he/she sits, just keep an eye on them but don't fret.

    My GSD Vyvyan sits weird all the time. She usually sits in a spread eagle position in the car (but I do have an upright seat-she sits in the front of my ute with me on the passenger seat) like as if she's a typical truck driver bloke sitting out the front of a pub the way her legs spread open like as if she's trying to show us her teets. Sometimes her tail goes through her legs so she is sitting right on the tail bone - maybe this is not normal, but she seems comfy, and happy whilst doing it.
    She does have lower back pain however but I suspect this is from her shoulder injury (using her hind legs to compensate for her lack of strength elsewhere) and is receiving physio which is helping a lot. Vyv jumps and stands on those hind legs and has a larger range of motion in her hind legs than most GSD's do, as two vets have told me.

    Also, maybe to Kaer and Milo maybe you should make sure Milo's bed doesn't slip at all because slippery surfaces can easily cause cruciate ligaments to snap super suddenly.

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    The entire house is tiles and upstairs is timber floor but he ain't allowed up there. I guess the risk of him getting ligament snaps would be high...

    He's willing to jump, run, walk, do everything. He's just so lopsided. This is one way he sits. Couldn't get a photo of what I was describing.

    He doesn't stay in a sit for long on the tiles. But outside on concrete he can hold it. On grass he will be lopsided again.

    Second photo is of him sliding... Into a down.
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    Frosty does that too. And she prefers to lie down that way as well. I'm sure if I did obedience comps I'd lose points... but at least she looks relaxed.

    Flexy dog.

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    Banjo regularly sits like that. More padding than when she sits straight I think.

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